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9:30am to 9:55am
Story Corner Otherplace Productions Ltd

A trip to Story Corner is the perfect way start to your Fringe day. Are you sitting comfortably? Then we'll begin. Stories or book readings from guest readers and performers every day to delight, excite and entertain. Babies, toddlers and well-behaved grown-ups welcome.

10:00am to 11:15am
Brighton Palace Pier Tour: Limited Spaces Jackie Marsh-Hobbs

Follow in the steps of the Victorians in a stroll along the pier, a pleasure that has been enjoyed by generations. Experience a breath of fresh air and great views while the intriguing history of the pier is revealed, from a place to promenade into a palace of entertainment. The Brighton Marine Palace and Pier Company intention was to build a people’s palace above the sea, with the first pile been driven into the seabed on the 7th of November 1891 and the grand opening on the 20th of May 1899.

10:00am to 10:55am
Microbodyssey Tatwood Puppets

They’re all around us but we cannot see them. Come and discover the extraordinary world of microbes - the invisible organisms that shape our planet. Join your larger-than-life tour guide Brenda and friendly and forgetful lab assistant Charles as they unearth miniature monsters and curious creatures in hidden worlds much closer than you might think. A visual theatre experience for both adults and children that features puppetry, shadow theatre and an original score, 'Microbodyssey' is an unforgettable journey into the microscope that makes science captivating and fun.

10:45am to 11:30am
Katie Pritchard: Hysterical Histories Katie Pritchard

Join freelance historical tour guide, Katie Pritchard, on this high-octane tour of her favourite people in history. Katie will bring history to life LIVE before your very eyes with some super catchy music, her VERY high budget hand-made costumes, and some death-defying feats of actory. Fun for ages 5-105.
"Inventive and Hilarious" (Broadway Baby).

11:00am to 12:00pm
SpiegelActive Brighton Spiegeltent

Family fun with dance and movement. A brand new Spiegel event for 2019 mashing-up your own dance moves to all the great tunes with different guest taster activities each day: Streetfunk, Yoga, Pilates, Zumba. Kids, take your grown-ups along to strut their funky moves in the beautiful Spiegeltent. With YouJuice organic juices, ginger shots and energy balls.

12:00pm to 1:00pm
The Adult Catchers Sam Quinn's All-Stars

Erik Stand and Sidney Still are a quirky pair of freedom fighters, trying to trap all the grown-ups in the world and turn them back into kids again. But they can’t do it alone!

Step into the shoes of an Adult Catcher in this captivating interactive adventure show full of comedy, clowning, super special effects and a stupendous plot.

From the creators of 'LET'S BUILD A PLANET!' (Best Family Show Award 2018 nominee) comes this innovative, exuberant and thought-provoking new production for 2019.

Suitable for ages 4+.

12:15pm to 1:15pm
Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival Iris Prize

Iris Prize brings outstanding LGBT+ film from around the world to Brighton. The five programmes of short films on offer feature award-winners from the annual Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival, alongside moving depictions of queer intimacy, explorations of gender, and a timely selection of LGBT+ stories for young people. These diverse short films from twelve countries offer an honest window into modern queer life, representing the very best of current LGBT+ filmmaking.

The five programmes are: Intimacy; Gender & Family; Iris Prize – International; Iris Prize – Best British; Iris Prize – Youth.

12:30pm to 1:25pm
Agent November: The Escape Room Agent November

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

Join Agent November to investigate this unusual crime. Can you solve the mystery in time? You are the hero in these ingenious escape games (several games are available to play). Your goal is to solve puzzles, defeat the evil Marty Orri, and unlock a secret that's 400 years old. Success is not guaranteed. Will you prevail?

Great fun for all ages. A smash hit at the 2017 and 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, and winner of 3 TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence.

12:45pm to 1:45pm
Science Magic Donal Vaughan Entertainment

The sell-out science, comedy and family magic show is back for its third year in Brighton. Join triple award-winning comedian and scientist Donal Vaughan as he performs amazing tricks using only things found around the house, to show how magical science can be. Along with some old favourites, there will be some brand-new tricks, including a giant air cannon and some bubble science.

Always exciting and sometimes very messy, learn about science and laugh your pants off while you do. All the tricks can be performed by you when you go home.

1:00pm to 2:00pm
SpiegelCircus Beach Without Sand Ltd

Join us this half term for a magical, interactive, family circus show in the sky! Journey through the clouds and see what you can find at the beautiful Brighton Spiegeltent, with lots of fun activities and an amazing skilled cast performing aerial, hula-hoop, hand-balancing, music and more!

All ages welcome and encouraged! Arrive an hour before the show if you want to warm-up with us, play and try out some circus skills for yourself. A fast-paced, fun show where anything can happen... and probably will!

1:10pm to 2:00pm
Organ Music at St Barts Brighton and District Organists' Association

Lunchtime recitals on Tuesdays by distinguished local organists on the fine organ at St Bartholomew's Church.
May 7: Andrew Beaizley.
May 14: Richard Toms.
May 21: Derek Barnes.
May 28: Nick Andrews.

1:30pm to 2:25pm
Agent November: The Escape Room Agent November

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

Join Agent November to investigate this unusual crime. Can you solve the mystery in time? You are the hero in these ingenious escape games (several games are available to play). Your goal is to solve puzzles, defeat the evil Marty Orri, and unlock a secret that's 400 years old. Success is not guaranteed. Will you prevail?

Great fun for all ages. A smash hit at the 2017 and 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, and winner of 3 TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence.

2:00pm to 3:00pm
Amazing Bubble Man Louis Pearl

Louis Pearl has been thrilling audiences for 30 years with the art, magic, science of bubbles. An Edinburgh Fringe favourite, he sells out every year. Louis explores the dynamics of bubbles, combining comedy, artistry, audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep all ages mesmerised. From square bubbles, fog-filled bubbles, giant bubbles, volcanoes, tornados and trampolines to people in bubbles, the Amazing Bubble Man conjures shrieks of laughter and gasps of amazement from all.

2:00pm to 7:00pm
University of Brighton Refugee and Migration Film Festival, Part 1 University of Brighton

“Refugees and migration in anthropological cinema”

‘Travel’ (63 mins). This work of ethno-fiction was co-written by Nick Mai and 8 Nigerian women with experiences of migration, sex work and trafficking in Paris.

‘Samira’ (27 mins). This short film tells the story of Karim, an Algerian man selling sex as a transvestite (Samira) who now wants to return home as the male head of his family.
Q&A with Nick Mai.

‘Amir: An Afghan Refugee Musician’s Life in Peshawar’ (52 mins). This film is based on ethnomusicological research conducted in the 1970s by John Baily.
Q&A with John Baily.

2:10pm to 3:05pm
Amazing Adventures of Her Majesty at 90+ Carole Shaw

Affectionate comedy on the world’s longest-serving monarch. A powerful, colourful lady head of state who decides to reveal her 'all' to her people, taking us on a riotous ride into hitherto unseen aspects of her life. Join the singing, dancing Queen for tea, cake and more than you bargained for. This old grey mare definitely ain't what you thought she was. Free Battenberg cake and Duchy Original biscuits, courtesy of Princes Philip and Charles, at every performance.

2:25pm to 3:25pm
The Clinic 4 Kidz Josh McAuley

Are your parents annoying you? School getting you down? Is your sister a pain?

Come see your drag-ony aunt Gloria and let her and some super funny comedians solve all your problems. We've got comedy, great advice, and ridiculous prizes to give you. Yes, you. Probably. Definitely not your parents. You.

2:30pm to 3:25pm
Agent November: The Escape Room Agent November

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

Join Agent November to investigate this unusual crime. Can you solve the mystery in time? You are the hero in these ingenious escape games (several games are available to play). Your goal is to solve puzzles, defeat the evil Marty Orri, and unlock a secret that's 400 years old. Success is not guaranteed. Will you prevail?

Great fun for all ages. A smash hit at the 2017 and 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, and winner of 3 TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence.

2:45pm to 3:40pm
The Bubble Show The Highland Joker

Join Mr. Bubbles with his extraordinary soap bubbles in all shapes and sizes! Enjoy bouncy bubbles, bubbles inside bubbles, smoke bubbles, square bubbles, giant bubbles and even fire bubbles! Interactive and suitable for all ages, 'The Bubble Show' is a unique blend of magic, storytelling and Bubble-Art! Actor, storyteller and Guinness World Record Winner, The Highland Joker is one of the top Bubbles artists in the world, coming to Brighton with his award-winning performance! Join us as we journey together through the realms of Bubbland!

3:00pm to 5:00pm
Youth of Today Brighton Spiegeltent with Streetfunk

Special half term afternoon of street dance and hip hop classes, showcase and battles with multi award-winning school Streetfunk and its crews hosted by Brighton dance legend JP Omari. Streetfunk provides classes to people of all ages who learn the importance of hard work, discipline and respect alongside the ability to express themselves freely and have fun through dance.

3:00pm to 10:00pm
B.fest 2019 B.Fest / Brighton Youth Centre

B.fest is the Brighton Youth Arts Festival and is run by young people aged 13-19 years, and for young people. B.fest is a week full of gigs, exhibitions, theatre, comedy, skateboarding, workshops, and much more. Come and celebrate, and support the next generation of creative talent. Events happen across Brighton and Hove.

3:30pm to 4:25pm
Agent November: The Escape Room Agent November

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

Join Agent November to investigate this unusual crime. Can you solve the mystery in time? You are the hero in these ingenious escape games (several games are available to play). Your goal is to solve puzzles, defeat the evil Marty Orri, and unlock a secret that's 400 years old. Success is not guaranteed. Will you prevail?

Great fun for all ages. A smash hit at the 2017 and 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, and winner of 3 TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence.

3:30pm to 4:30pm
Griffin and Jones: Surprisingly Good Magicians Griffin and Jones / Sweet Productions

Despite the modest title, there'll be nothing surprising about another hour's fine entertainment from Griffin & Jones. Their magical double-act combines high-quality illusions with unforced comic banter; they have a joyful rapport with each other, and that good-natured enjoyment spreads out into the audience, too. Their tricks are multi-layered and, even if you've seen a lot of stage magic, there'll probably be something fresh and confounding; this new show could still have some rough edges, but past form's enough to make it a Sure Choice.

The pioneers of slapdash magic are back with another mishmash of magical mayhem! Join them in a world where the jokes come thick and fast, anything is possible, and nothing is quite what it seems. These award-winning idiots have become famous for their fast banter, tight chemistry, contagious energy, and showstopping wizardry.

"Machine gun patter" ****1/2 (Reviews Hub)
"You must see the show!" **** (Broadway Baby)
"The perfect Fringe magic show" **** (Fringe Guru)

3:55pm to 4:45pm
Drawn and Quartered Cry Havoc Theatre Company

5 stars As we take our seats for this finely-wrought two-hander, the stage is shrouded in darkness - and there’s a big surprise in store for us once the lights come on. The entire back wall is covered with a stunning abstract mural; in front of it stands a woman, freeze-framed in open-mouthed horror, like a reveal from a home-makeover show gone terribly wrong. The problem, we soon learn, isn’t just what’s appeared on on the walls of her living room, but also the man who’s responsible. Read the full review.

There's a review on the way for this one, but we've seen enough already to make it today's Sure Choice. A thoughtful, sometimes intense two-hander, Drawn and Quartered studies the fallout from a failed relationship - set against the literal backdrop of a giant abstract mural, immortalising the couple's shared life. The script demands your attention as it traverses emotional highs and lows, and your perspectives will change as you learn more about what makes the couple tick. It's a powerful and credible performance, which offers lots to think about but presents no easy answers.

Michael and Ana have had no communication for six months. Hearing Michael’s painting career is on the downslide, Ana takes pity on him and hires him to paint the studio apartment they shared for four years, to prepare it to sell. She leaves for a couple of days to find he has indeed painted. But not the colour she left.

A beautiful portrayal of a relationship with moments that everyone will recognise. Maggie Bofill is one of the founder members of Labyrinth Theatre company in New York, and together with Claudine Sinnett from Cry Havoc Theatre Company, this production is one not to miss.

4:00pm to 5:00pm
Arr We There Yet? Head First Acrobats

LIMITED RUN! Sold out in 2016, 2017 and 2018, and back by public demand, the rip-roaring and swashbuckling adventure in which three sailors hit the high seas in search of treasure! A scallywag pirate, a muscular sailor and a chef with a seafood allergy make for a hopeless crew, as they fight for the title of Captain aboard the ship. These acrobatic pirates turn ship-life upside down! Walking the plank becomes the high flying teeterboard, cooking for the crew involves juggling knives and steering the ship spinning upside down in the roue cyr!

4:30pm to 5:25pm
Agent November: The Escape Room Agent November

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

Join Agent November to investigate this unusual crime. Can you solve the mystery in time? You are the hero in these ingenious escape games (several games are available to play). Your goal is to solve puzzles, defeat the evil Marty Orri, and unlock a secret that's 400 years old. Success is not guaranteed. Will you prevail?

Great fun for all ages. A smash hit at the 2017 and 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, and winner of 3 TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence.

4:45pm to 5:45pm
Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival Iris Prize

Iris Prize brings outstanding LGBT+ film from around the world to Brighton. The five programmes of short films on offer feature award-winners from the annual Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival, alongside moving depictions of queer intimacy, explorations of gender, and a timely selection of LGBT+ stories for young people. These diverse short films from twelve countries offer an honest window into modern queer life, representing the very best of current LGBT+ filmmaking.

The five programmes are: Intimacy; Gender & Family; Iris Prize – International; Iris Prize – Best British; Iris Prize – Youth.

5:00pm to 6:00pm
Bear North Brainfruit

4 stars (previous review) Reviewed in 2018 A show with a dancing bear might sound barbaric… but relax, this particular bear wants to dance. There it stands at the side of the stage, the broadest of smiles on its big brown head, elegantly shimmying its big brown paws in time to Cajun folk songs. The songs are provided by a trio of musicians, who come from Brighton but tell us they're somehow in Canada, and a travelling poet has also tagged along. Oh – and did I mention that the bear is wearing a cheerful summery dress? Read the full review.

It's hard to explain what makes Bear North so charming. It's a fantastical, whimsical musical journey, featuring a smiling bear in a summery dress - which sways and shimmies throughout the show, just because it likes to dance. The Cajun-inspired soundtrack's provided by a trio of local musicians, and a poet comes along for the ride as well; there are loose themes of outdoor life and the healing power of nature. But really it's about the joy of a free spirit, and of singing, dancing and telling stories for no reason at all.

‘Twin Peaks’ meets ‘The Singing Ringing Tree’. Wonderfully absurd, with a dancing buffalo, wolf and grizzly bear. Conceived in a dream by multi-award-winning performer, Roy Hutchins, this utopian vision is whimsical, comic and moving. Journey through a landscape filled with log cabins, forests, mountains and magical waterfalls, drawn through clever riffs and augmented fiddle playing, harmonies and dance.

"Songs of lakes, firesides, and bears. An impossible odyssey." Highly Recommended. (Fringe Review).
“The tables were turned and it was me who danced to Bear North’s tune” **** (Fringe Guru).

5:00pm to 6:00pm
Impromptu Shakespeare Impromptu Shakespeare Ltd

Bursting with love, poetry, comedy, tragedy, mistaken identity and everything in-between. Impromptu Shakespeare brings you an entirely new and unique Shakespeare play inspired by audience suggestions to delight Shakespeare nerds and newbies alike. Featuring a cast of leading theatrical and comedic improvisers, they've performed five critically acclaimed runs at the Edinburgh Fringe and two at the Bristol Shakespeare Festival.

"Sublime... side-splittingly hilarious" ***** (Broadway Baby).
"Chaotic, riotous fun" ***** (PlaysToSee).
"Ingenious and very funny" (Will Gompertz, BBC Arts Editor).

5:00pm to 6:00pm
The Secret Comedy Club: Fringe Comedy Hub Artista

We have over 80 professional comedy acts who applied to Artista Cafe & Gallery. This will be a Fringe Comedy Hub run by The Secret Comedy Club. We will have comedy on 6 days per week from 5pm until 11pm daily (3pm start on weekends). Check our website for full listings and tickets for these full Brighton Fringe shows.
Here are just some of the many acts that will be doing their 1 hour shows with us (in no particular order):
Steve Bugeja
Stephen Carlin
Sara Barron
Radu Isac
Adele Cliff
Al Lubel
Daphna Baram
Sanj Surati
Daniel Muggleton
Gary Tro
John Pendal
Ali Woods
Katie Pritchard

5:15pm to 6:05pm
Remind Me Again Why I Need A Man Two Foolish

When you’re used to holding the whip hand, Death can be an unwelcome distraction.

Karen Summers has the ideal life as a dominatrix. Her customers fear her, business is booming, and the chief of police is one of her clients. But when purple-suited Death pops by to summon her to the afterlife, she has to re-examine her life choices. She has an hour to persuade Death that once again, she holds the whip hand. Who needs a man?

From the team that brought you 'Get Fit With Bruce Willis' and 'Painted Love', featuring the songs of Annie Lennox and Eurythmics.

5:30pm to 6:25pm
Agent November: The Escape Room Agent November

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

Join Agent November to investigate this unusual crime. Can you solve the mystery in time? You are the hero in these ingenious escape games (several games are available to play). Your goal is to solve puzzles, defeat the evil Marty Orri, and unlock a secret that's 400 years old. Success is not guaranteed. Will you prevail?

Great fun for all ages. A smash hit at the 2017 and 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, and winner of 3 TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence.

5:30pm to 6:30pm
Dom Mackie's Poor Life Choices Dom Mackie

Dom Mackie may only be 21, but he has already made many poor life choices in his life. From his incredibly 'supportive' parents to how he ended up on a BBC One game show, Dom has made many stupid decisions.

See one of the most anticipated sell-out shows in the country and Dom can prove that (like his comedy career) we all make POOR LIFE CHOICES.

"Like a defibrillator who brings life into the crowd" (Audience review)

"Has great potential" (Mark Watson, Mock the Week)

6:00pm to 7:00pm
The CMG Crew! Care Management Group

We are a Supported Living home in Hove for eight young adults with learning disabilities! We have lots of experience in music, performing and acting and recently have made two movies which featured at a film festival. We have also performed at the Brighton Dome in our street dance crew!

We have been working with a drama-therapist to devise a short piece of theatre involving our own ideas, interests and talent and getting our voices heard!

Please come to see our play which will take you on a journey involving our favourite characters and some musical performances!

6:00pm to 6:45pm
Young, Dumb and Easily Offended The Creative Performance Company

Feelin fat, ugly, depressed? Yh we all are, we’re Millennials! It’s gonna have coconut water, avocados, vegan sausage rolls. So stop sending dick pics and cat-fishing; Cum put us 2 the test... plz... we need this.

Fragile: Handle With Care.

6:00pm to 7:00pm
Jo Burke: Peculiar Jo Burke

‘Peculiar’ is Jo Burke's triumphant return to the comedy circuit following the success of her last show and comedy book ‘iScream’. Check out her five-star, rave reviews on Amazon and download her book.

Join her on a whirlwind tour of the baffling things life has thrown at her.

"A terrific force to be reckoned with" (Everything Theatre).

"Had the audience in stitches from start to finish" (Edinburgh Reporter).

"Highly recommended show" (Brighton Fringe Review).

She's also written three successful children's books available via her website.

6:10pm to 7:10pm
The Trial StoneCrabs Theatre Company

Years after being forced to leave his rural town, Antonio returns as Tieta, a millionaire who promises to transform the town’s fortune but there is a condition attached to her charity: her call for justice.

Part stand-up, part gig, with a 'sparkling performance' by Inês Sampaio, 'The Trial' invites the audience to be unprejudiced witnesses and play jury to her story. A fascinating play, unique and well-worth seeing.

6:15pm to 7:10pm
Will Penswick: Nørdic(k) StraightUp Productions

Full-time detective. Part-time performer. Full-time Scandinavian. Will Penswick is 'Pætur Pætursson' from the Faroe Islands. A detective in the Tórshavn (that's the capital city). Police like his father and his father before him, a troubled, semi-legendary DJ, Pætur is going toe-to-toe with Scandinavia's most dangerous criminals and he needs your help... Because there's no crime like snow crime.

"You will be in for a comic treat" **** (PlaysToSee).
"Hard not to love...Brilliant" **** (Radio Ha-Ha).
**** (BroadwayBaby).

6:15pm to 7:15pm
Caitlin Cook: Death Wish Caitlin Cook

Since she was seventeen, Caitlin Cook has lived her life by a code: if something scares her, she has to do it. Join her for a raucous hour of stand-up comedy, storytelling, musical comedy, and a bit of bathroom stall graffiti art to discover why.

Caitlin Cook is a Los Angeles-born, Brooklyn-based comedian. Not your conventional stand-up, Caitlin combines witty one-liners and scintillating storytelling with hilariously irreverent musical comedy and projected visuals. She has taken the stage all across the US, Canada, Europe, and Oceania at top-tier venues, comedy clubs, festivals, and fringes.

6:15pm to 7:20pm
Lights! Planets! People! Molly Naylor & Company

Renowned space scientist Maggie Hill is giving a lecture about her career, to inspire young women to work in science. She's also attending her first therapy session, in order to overcome some debilitating anxiety. Both events force Maggie to discuss her greatest achievements and biggest regrets. 'Lights! Planets! People!' is an intimate and exhilarating story about communication, both interpersonal and intergalactic.

Written and directed by Molly Naylor (BBC Radio 4, Sky One)
Performed by Karen Hill
Commissioned by Warwick Arts Centre, Southampton Nuffield Theatres and Norwich Arts Centre.

6:15pm to 7:15pm
Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams Bibi and Bichu Ltd

Circus Abyssinia was a hot ticket at the Edinburgh Fringe a couple of years ago, and has a clutch of four- and five-star reviews to show off from its international tour since then. The show's narrative is built around two Ethiopian boys who dream of becoming jugglers - mirroring the inspiring real-life tale of the troupe's two founders. But it's the energy and physicality of the performance which reviews highlight most, with acrobatics, aerial work and clowning among the highlights.

Circus Abyssinia weaves the dreams of its cast through heart-stopping feats of acrobatic daring. Inspired by real-life jugglers Bibi and Bichu, the show tells the tale of two young Ethiopian brothers who dreamed of the circus in a country without one. When the boys make a wish upon the moon they are joined by a host of high-flying figures - some enchanting, others menacing, but all of them circus ‘dreamers’, who together awaken an incredible new Ethiopian tradition.

"Sensational entertainment" **** (The Times)
"One of the best acts ever seen... fun for all the family" ***** (Mail on Sunday)

6:30pm to 7:25pm
Agent November: The Escape Room Agent November

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

Join Agent November to investigate this unusual crime. Can you solve the mystery in time? You are the hero in these ingenious escape games (several games are available to play). Your goal is to solve puzzles, defeat the evil Marty Orri, and unlock a secret that's 400 years old. Success is not guaranteed. Will you prevail?

Great fun for all ages. A smash hit at the 2017 and 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, and winner of 3 TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence.

6:30pm to 9:30pm
A Silver Jewellery Workshop Silver & Sage

The workshop is a fun tutor guided experience to create a personalised piece of real silver jewellery to take away with you that day - made entirely by you and gift box and silver chain included.

Refreshments:
Tea, coffee, drinks and a selection of snacks are available from the bar, as the workshop is held in a studio above the pub The Round Georges Brighton. Prior booking is essential, for more information and images please visit: www.silverandsage.co.uk.

6:30pm to 7:30pm
The Secret Comedy Club: Fringe Comedy Hub Artista

We have over 80 professional comedy acts who applied to Artista Cafe & Gallery. This will be a Fringe Comedy Hub run by The Secret Comedy Club. We will have comedy on 6 days per week from 5pm until 11pm daily (3pm start on weekends). Check our website for full listings and tickets for these full Brighton Fringe shows.
Here are just some of the many acts that will be doing their 1 hour shows with us (in no particular order):
Steve Bugeja
Stephen Carlin
Sara Barron
Radu Isac
Adele Cliff
Al Lubel
Daphna Baram
Sanj Surati
Daniel Muggleton
Gary Tro
John Pendal
Ali Woods
Katie Pritchard

6:30pm to 8:30pm
The Subversive Sussex Walk The Cowley Club

Discover the underdog history of Brighton with a radical ramble around the city centre. Behind the Georgian facades of the seafront has alway lain another town entirely.

Hear the history of how local people fought back: squatting, strikes, rebellions, mutiny, sabotage, and smuggling! The butcher who tried to cleave the cabinet; the chimney sweep who fought for Brighton’s poor.

Finishing up in Brighton’s own anarchist cafe/bar. All money raised goes to Mutual Aid vegan food bank.

6:30pm to 7:30pm
The Beautiful Dance of Life & Death Erin R Hartnett Productions

Can a young astronaut and a fallen star save a former dancer who is fighting a bizarre illness and her bohemian roommate? Or will they be captured and tortured with no end in sight? In this imaginative new drama, based on a true story, two friends fight to dance the steps towards hope.

6:30pm to 8:00pm
Notorious Women of Brighton Louise Peskett

Wilful princesses, music hall stars, headstrong courtesans, suffragettes, entrepreneurs: Brighton has always attracted women who dare to do things differently. Hear some of their stories and other female claims to fame on this gentle stroll.

6:35pm to 7:25pm
Father of Lies Sweet Productions

'Making a Murderer' meets 'Rosemary's Baby'... 'Father of Lies' tells the chilling true story behind a mysterious, unsolved murder in West Germany, 1973. A thrilling horror show about haunted priests, jealous widowers, and satanic cults. Sell-out shows at Edinburgh Fringe 2017-18, London Horror Festival 2017, Brighton HorrorFest 2018, and VAULT Festival 2018.

“Compulsively gripping... genuinely unique” **** (The Stage)
“Devastating” ***** (LondonPubTheatres)
“Remarkable” ***** (Horror Hothouse Review)
**** (The Wee Review)
**** (Edinburgh Festivals Magazine)
**** (LondonTheatre1.com)

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Icons Pretty Villain Productions Ltd

The "Icons" of Jack Klaff's self-penned script aren't all positive ones: the publicity features Gandhi and Einstein, but also Stalin and Hitler. It's none too easy to uncover any details for this one-man show, which has been reworked for this run at the Rialto, but Klaff is an impressive performer and the format is an intriguing one. Although the twelve "icons" are all men, we're promised that their stories will be told by women, asking whether the world has learned anything from the horrors and dramas of the twentieth century.

During the 20th Century, the human race hung by a slender thread. Jack Klaff's play takes 12 influential males of C20 and recounts matters such as the atomic bomb, WW2 and the Cuban missile crisis. Featuring Hitler, Stalin, Einstein, Kennedy and Gandhi, their stories are told by the women that knew them, offering funny insights and devastating indictments. But as C21 unravels, have the lessons been learnt?

“The best thing I have seen in years” (Sunday Times).

“The best exponent of the solo show in this country” (The Independent).

Brighton Fringe Award Winners 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018.

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Nik Coppin: Shark Comedy World Productions

Following more sell-out performances in Europe, Asia and Australia, the UK-based global comedian returns with a new show in which he analyses jokes, comedy and audience reactions all to hilarious effect.

"Amazingly funny stories... super fun and charisma up the wazoo... awesome!" **** 1/2 (Funny Tonne, Melbourne International Comedy Festival)

"Fast and funny... the audience loved it... sweetly, wildly hilarious" **** (Rip It Up, Adelaide Fringe)

7:00pm to 8:45pm
The Lady Boys of Bangkok: The Greatest Showgirls Tour Exchange Events Ltd

Those dazzling divas are back, coming of age and celebrating 21 years with 'The Greatest Show Girls Tour'! The entertainment soars from start to finish with infectious, showstopping performances that'll bring you to your feet time and time again. The glamour of Hollywood and the glitz of Vegas in a mesmerising spectacle fulfilling dreams for everyone. A chance to luxuriate in a vibrant, euphoric bubble of laughter, beauty, splendour and music. A complete celebration of individuality and pride in saying “This is Me”, undeniably you’ll agree that the lady boys are the greatest showgirls!

7:00pm to 8:00pm
10 Things I Hate About Taming of the Shrew Gillian English

'10 Things I Hate About Taming of the Shrew' will take you back to the good old days, when we worried about Y2K, wore butterfly clips in our hair and became total babes the minute we took off our glasses. And the even older days where we worried about the plague, wore massive wigs, and women weren't allowed to be on stage anyway.

***** (The Age).

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Ricky Riddlegang and the Riddle Gang Benjamin Alborough // Peracals Productions

Join hip teen detective, Ricky Riddlegang, and his trusty Riddle Gang as they solve the mystery of the haunted manor and put the perpetrator to death. Spectres, suspects and shenanigans abound as the Gang delve into an enigma that threatens to devour them all.

***** (West-End Wilma)

**** (Broadway Baby)

**** (Fringe Review)

**** (Remote Goat)

**** (IThankYouTheatre)

**** (LondonTheatre1.com)

**** (Spy In The Stalls)

**** (Everything Theatre)

**** (Secret Theatre Ldn)

7:00pm to 8:00pm
Railed Head First Acrobats

From the creators of the smash hit 'Elixir' (winner of Best Circus and physical theatre award at Adelaide Fringe 2018).

Welcome to 'Railed', a western-themed circus spectacular, combining the trademark physical talents, finely chiselled bodies and hilarious comic timing of the Head First Acrobats.

Prepare yourself for when bare chested circus meets bare knuckle bar fights. A racy, heart-stopping display of the finest acrobatics by the most ridiculous storytellers in the circus.

Leave your expectations at home, come to the wrong side of the tracks, and let the HFA boys steal your hearts.

7:15pm to 8:15pm
Teachers and Schools (Work in Progress) Barnstormers Comedy

Former Religious Studies teacher turned stand-up comedian Kevin Precious turns his hand to examining his former profession, and takes a sideways look at the teaching and schools more generally. A work-in-progress show from a seasoned professional who previously toured the UK's theatres and arts centres with a show dedicated to precisely the same subject. "Kevin's stage charisma and poise set him head and shoulders above the previous acts" (The Times). "Instantly recognisable stage presence and boundless wit" (Leicester Mercury at the Leicester Comedy Festival).

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Bollywood and Birmingham to Berlin and Brexit Dharmander Singh

"Growing up, I was too brown for the white kids and the wrong kind of brown for the brown kids. That's when I first questioned my identity". Join international stand-up comedian Dharmander Singh as he goes on a journey to discover his identity, roots, and nationality through funny stories and observations about being named after a Bollywood legend, living and trying to belong in 80s Birmingham, and the challenges and pleasures of being a sun-kissed Brummie in Berlin.

7:30pm to 8:25pm
Agent November: The Escape Room Agent November

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

Join Agent November to investigate this unusual crime. Can you solve the mystery in time? You are the hero in these ingenious escape games (several games are available to play). Your goal is to solve puzzles, defeat the evil Marty Orri, and unlock a secret that's 400 years old. Success is not guaranteed. Will you prevail?

Great fun for all ages. A smash hit at the 2017 and 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, and winner of 3 TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence.

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Kissing Annie Lennox A Rude Awakening

Not a tribute act, but an act of attribution. Androgynous Annie catches Jo’s eye and helps her through tough days. Is Annie the only person who really sees Jo? And as Jo isn’t kissing Annie, who is? A one woman show about taping the top 40, men’s shoes and Annie Lennox posters. A Rude Awakening return with their third show.

"Beautifully acted, sensitively directed and very thoughtfully put together" **** (Fringe Guru)

"Makes an often beautifully controlled script feel spontaneous" **** (The Stage)

"Jo Merriman puts on a dazzling performance... " ****(Three Weeks)

7:30pm to 8:30pm
Cinebra: Glenda & Rita Cinebra

Award-winning comedy duo, the makers of 'adorkable' Sophie and Megan in 'A History of Horror', return with their latest addition to the Cinebra anthology with another "cleverly written" and "magically performed" original show.

Glenda and Rita are two actresses from the golden era of cinema, immortalised in black and white and struggling to find work in this brutal, unforgiving technicolor world. From 'Knowing your Onions' to 'The Professional Blues', Glenda and Rita will take you on a monochrome journey from their Hollywood hey-day to their miserable flat in Lancing.

7:30pm to 8:30pm
SHIFT Barely Methodical Troupe

The company who brought you smash hits 'BROMANCE' and 'KIN' return with 'SHIFT'. Packed with a dazzling array of tricks and fun, SHIFT will challenge everything you thought you knew about gravity and physical achievement.

One of the UK’s hottest circus companies 'Barely Methodical Troupe' are at the forefront of a new kind of physical performance, creating highly entertaining shows that mix the show-stopping acrobatics of circus with the emotional punch of theatre.

"You will struggle to believe your eyes" ?????(Theatre Weekly)
"Truly outstanding" ?????(Theatre Reviews)

7:40pm to 8:40pm
Defective Inspector Laughing Mirror

Prepare for a hilarious hour of (awkward) romance, (sloppy) action and (tenuous) espionage! 'Defective Inspector' is the latest whirlwind comedy from emerging theatre company Laughing Mirror. An eccentric ex-Detective, Richard P. Cooper, attempts to stage one of his "legendary" exploits to the USA, with help from two hapless drama students. The cast of 3 just about manage to perform their way through a ridiculous series of adventures, involving three-legged dogs and assassination plots, while tensions run high between them and the show falls apart quicker than Richard’s failed novelist career.

7:45pm to 9:45pm
The Pride Brighton Little Theatre

The powerful debut play from Alexi Kaye Campbell, winner of an Olivier Award, the Critics' Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright, and the John Whiting Award for Best New Play.

Alternating between 1959 and 2019, 'The Pride' examines changing attitudes to sexuality, looking at intimacy, identity and the courage it takes to be who you really are. The 1959 Philip is in love with Oliver, but married to Sylvia. The 2019 Oliver is addicted to sex with strangers. Sylvia loves them both.

Contains some sexual scenes and a small amount of nudity.

7:50pm to 9:30pm
The Bakewell Bake Off: A New Musical UCC Musical

The small English village of Bakewell, Derbyshire is holding its annual baking competition. The eclectic group of contestants are each hoping that their baking skills will impress the judges. Judging the competition are the owners of the three village bakeries, each of whom claim to have the original recipe for the world-famous Bakewell Tart. This year, a second round must be added to the competition to resolve the matter once and for all. The ensuing combination of hilarious songs, baking disasters and even a little audience participation is guaranteed to put a smile on your face!

7:50pm to 8:50pm
He Shot, He Scored Off the Fence Theatre Company CIC

It’s the mid-1970s, Alan Mullery is the new manager of Brighton & Hove Albion after another failed promotion attempt. Twenty year-old Peter Ward breaks the Albion’s goalscoring record, earning his place in the hearts and history of the club; Wardie Wonderland is still sung on the terraces when Brighton answer Sussex’s call.

Using humour and pathos, this new one-man play tells the story of four supporters as they follow their beloved Seagulls through the momentous season of 1976/77. Laugh out loud and cry into your football scarf. A show for anyone who’s ever followed a team, and their dreams.

8:00pm to 9:15pm
Vulvarine: A New Musical Fat Rascal Theatre

The critically-acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe hit. Bryony Buckle is astoundingly average. Her days are filled with mind-numbing office work, thinking about lunch and lusting after Orson Bloom from IT. Following a dose of hormone therapy gone wrong and a well-timed bolt of lightning, Bryony gains superhero abilities and a brand new persona; Vulvarine, saviour of womankind. Where is all the tampon tax going? Who is The Mansplainer, what is his evil plan?

Grab your tights, your Spanx and your most supportive sports bra. It’s hero time.

"A masterclass in musical theatre" ***** (Edinburgh Guide).

8:00pm to 8:50pm
The Dolly Parton Story Night Owl Shows

Following sell out shows and standing ovations at Edinburgh Fringe, 'The Dolly Parton Story' premiers at Brighton Fringe to take you on an incredible journey through the career of the ‘Queen of Country’, who currently holds an astonishing 153 major awards, including 9 Grammys and 11 CMA’s. Follow Dolly’s incredible journey in this groundbreaking 'show-umentary' format. Featuring passionate renditions of Jolene, 9 to 5, Islands In The Stream, Here You Come Again, Coat Of Many Colours, Joshua and many more.

“Hannah Richards performs beautifully” **** (ScotsGay).

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Utopia: Under Construction Utopia: Under Construction

This hilarious comedy show endeavours to build a new utopia, in just one hour! Three of the South West’s best comedians will pull together to reinvent a greater society, but they can’t do it alone!

You’re invited to the construction site of a new utopia. So don your hard-hat and get ready for a riotous site tour; hammering away at the big questions, telling jokes, and building a brave new world! Can it be done? Or will it just be late and over budget? Book now and find out!

An evening of fun, friendly, satirical hilarity not to be missed!

8:00pm to 9:00pm
Electric ILA Productions

Baby wipes, glitter and cans at the ready, Joni and Scarlett head off on their respective weekends. From two walks of life and residing on two sides of the festival, the pair unexpectedly meet in the neon fields of Irish music festival, Electric Picnic. Hysterically riotous and soul-stirring, 'Electric' probes our innate prejudices and preconceived notions of who we are, while taking you on the session of a lifetime!

Festival season is upon us, let's get this party started!

"smart, funny, utterly engaging..." ***** (TheArtsReview)
"a play not to be missed..." **** (The Reviews Hub)

8:00pm to 9:00pm
The Secret Comedy Club: Fringe Comedy Hub Artista

We have over 80 professional comedy acts who applied to Artista Cafe & Gallery. This will be a Fringe Comedy Hub run by The Secret Comedy Club. We will have comedy on 6 days per week from 5pm until 11pm daily (3pm start on weekends). Check our website for full listings and tickets for these full Brighton Fringe shows.
Here are just some of the many acts that will be doing their 1 hour shows with us (in no particular order):
Steve Bugeja
Stephen Carlin
Sara Barron
Radu Isac
Adele Cliff
Al Lubel
Daphna Baram
Sanj Surati
Daniel Muggleton
Gary Tro
John Pendal
Ali Woods
Katie Pritchard

8:15pm to 9:15pm
Caroline Mabey: Hair of the Dog Caroline Mabey

Brand new stand-up from one of the most inventive comic voices in Britain. Caroline Mabey’s husband/ boyfriend/ partner (whatever!) just quit his accounting job to train as a dog groomer. Time for a life audit. As heard on 'Josh Howie's Losing It' on BBC Radio 4. Writer on 'The News Quiz'.

“No-one has made us laugh as much at this Fringe” (The Skinny). “Mabey is thoroughly enjoyable company... the slightly deranged offspring of a menage a trois between Vic Reeves, Harry Hill and Floella Benjamin.” (Evening Standard), “Hilarious... Funny and touching and brilliant” (The Guardian).

8:20pm to 9:20pm
50% Canadian, 100% Crazy, Let's Laugh Let's Giraffe

Show about family, taking risks, and embracing change. Michelle's a Canadian who unexpectedly fell into the world of comedy. She went to university and worked full-time, then one day was brought into the lunch room and laid off. The company was closing and she was out of a job! She thought, "If you can be disappointed being practical, why not struggle with doing something you love?" She used her severance package to try a new challenge, and that led her to her second city, the rest as they say, is history! Let's laugh together.

8:30pm to 10:30pm
Edith Piaf Live at Nimegue Andrew Farr Performs

This two-hour tribute to the legend that is Edith Piaf scored multiple five-star reviews last year, and has already picked up equal plaudits on its return. It's the personal story of one man's near-lifelong obsession with Piaf, told alongside the tale of her own life and punctuated by songs from her repertoire. Later, Andrew Farr transforms himself to become Piaf on stage - a waning, frail Piaf in her final filmed performance. Reviews praised the voice and portrayal, but also the balance between anguish and joy.

What compels a 76 kg, 55 year old bloke from Stoke to tell the story of a singing legend who died at the age of 47, weighing just 39 kg?

All will be revealed in this affectionate retelling of the life of Edith Piaf and re-imagining of her last filmed concert. Piaf's childhood was traumatic and she sang songs of tragedy, but she loved to laugh. This show tries not to lose sight of the laughter.

8:30pm to 11:00pm
Sounds Familiar Music Quiz Sounds Familiar Music Quiz

Sounds Familiar Music Quiz is the biggest, best, most raucous music quiz in the UK!

Beware serious quizzers... SFMQ is nothing like the pub quiz down the Flag & Ferret, more like a party disguised as a quiz.

With over 100 wall-to-wall bangers crammed in to a couple of hours, covering all genres and decades, there’s something for everybody. At the end of the night SFMQ will have you dancing and belting out the tunes. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and last place plus ‘Best Team Name’ so there are plenty of chances to win.

Why not get a team of mates together and see what all the fuss is about?!

8:30pm to 9:25pm
Agent November: The Escape Room Agent November

The Museum of Secrets has been robbed!

Join Agent November to investigate this unusual crime. Can you solve the mystery in time? You are the hero in these ingenious escape games (several games are available to play). Your goal is to solve puzzles, defeat the evil Marty Orri, and unlock a secret that's 400 years old. Success is not guaranteed. Will you prevail?

Great fun for all ages. A smash hit at the 2017 and 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, and winner of 3 TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence.

8:30pm to 10:00pm
Laughing Horse Pick of the Fringe Laughing Horse Comedy

A selection of the very best in stand-up comedy at Brighton Fringe.

A succulent smorgasbord of fantastically funny stand-up comedy headliners alongside the best in fresh new talent, with five different comics selected daily from shows all around Brighton Fringe. Sell-out shows at festivals worldwide including Melbourne, Adelaide and Edinburgh.

"A cracking comedy selection" ***** (Cream of the Fringe).
"A fantastic night of comedy" **** (ThreeWeeks).
"Kept the crowd well entertained" **** (Rip It Up).
"A Strong show of fresh comedy" **** (The Argus).

8:30pm to 9:30pm
Stepdads Bright Buoy Productions

The first step to having fun... is 'Stepdads'. Get ready for an activity-filled weekend with two men who wish they were your dad (but who are glad he went to prison). Who needs a father figure when you can have two? Hey, what's with all these 'where's my real dad' faces? Strap in for the trip of a lifetime with the men who make your mum happy! A surreal fever dream of a double-act filled with songs, stupidity and the sanctity of marriage. We guarantee to erase your memories of childhood and replace them with better ones. From Tom Curzon and Luke Rollason.

"Hugely entertaining" (Chortle).

8:45pm to 9:45pm
Cressida Wetton: Crewless, a Work in Progress Cressida Wetton

Cress wouldn’t wish her rented bedsit on anyone, narrowboats always looked so romantic and she’s ready for an off-grid adventure!

Join her as she develops a stand-up comedy show about turning a narrowboat into a home, adapting to a new rustic way of life and still making it into the office every morning!

"Captivating presence, great response" (The Stand)
"Cressida Wetton is original, charming and very funny! (Dave Thompson)
Funny Women New Act Competition 2018 Regional Finalist
BBC New Comedy Award 2017 Heat runner up
So You Think You’re Funny 2015 Semi finalist

9:00pm to 9:55pm
Grant Busé: Touché Busé Grant Busé

Dealing with life's blows one prick at a time. Australian comic Grant Busé is set to satirically serenade Brighton with his “ingenious comedy music" ***** (Tulpa). There will be no parrying of Busé's disarming charm, sharp wit and hit tunes as he duels with all the big issues like responsibility, blame, death and astrology.

Winner: Best Cabaret Award, Adelaide Fringe.
Nominated: Best Cabaret, Fringe World Festival. "Top 10 Comedy Shows You Must See at Edinburgh Fringe 2018" ***** (The Scotsman), “Smart as anything coming from Tim Minchin and equally as politically woke" **** (Broadway Baby).

9:10pm to 10:10pm
I'll be Your Baby Tonight..? Holly Delefortrie

A combination of clowning, stand-up, storytelling and gameplay that gives the audience the opportunity to create the ultimate relationship ‘to do list’. Journey through the highs and lows of finding love in an era of apps and online dating. Designed to uplift the audience and celebrate the messier side of human nature: cock ups, vulnerability and all.
Join them for some optional, real-life speed dating (Tue 28 and Wed 29 May) after the show. Alternative conversation starters and arts and crafts. Open to all - even if you’re not looking for dates, happily coupled up and just looking for mates!

9:15pm to 10:15pm
Des Kapital: I'm Loving Engels Instead Andyland Productions

Des (winner Gulag’s Got Talent, Ex-Soviet Republic Factor, No Voice, Strictly Pooling, Dancing on Siberian Ice) story-sings the history of world Communism (Korea, Vietnam, Cuba, Russia, China, Eastern Europe) in his hilarious interactive cult karaoke show, using the music of Robbie, Elvis, The Beatles, Astley (“Brezhnever Gonna Give You Up”), ABBA, Taylor, The Smiths, Bowie (“Stazi”), and lots more. Simply Red! (no ‘Simply Red’).

Sell-out shows at Brighton and Edinburgh Fringes 2017/18.
Entertaining and weirdly educational. Latecomers purged.
**** (Fringe Review).

9:15pm to 10:10pm
Mark & Haydn: Llaugh (pron. Claugh) StraightUp Productions

Sketch comedy double act Mark & Haydn have been described as “brilliant” by their guardian. They bring their fast-paced, gag-filled show, 'Llaugh', (pron. Claugh) to Brighton.

Leicester Square Theatre Sketch-off finalists 2019. Max Turner Prize runner-up 2018. Yellow Comedy Young Comedian runner-up 2018. Chortle Student Comedy finalist 2017.

“An undeniably funny show from some very talented writers.” **** (ThreeWeeks)
“First true gem of the 2017 Fringe.” *****(Broadway Baby)
“A raucous and entertaining night out” **** (TCS)
**** (EdFringe Review)
****(The Wee Review)

9:30pm to 10:30pm
John Callaghan's Cabaret Electro John Callaghan

"A renaissance man in a suitcase." (Antigen Records).

“Eccentric and artful pop songs that are high on classic pop melody, with plenty of smart electronic concepts and whimsical introverted lyrics." (Warp Records).

"All you could desire from a gig: frenetic energy... a never-ending parade of inventive home-made costumes... John’s songs exhibit a lively intelligence when you look beyond the showmanship, as the lyrics and their presentation combine to create a performance at once spectacular and profound. One of the most inspirational music acts we have ever experienced." ***** (To Do List).

9:30pm to 10:30pm
David Tsonos: Professional Auditioner David Tsonos

Canadian stand-up comic David Tsonos has been auditioning for acting roles for 20 years. From adverts, TV series, and feature films, he has auditioned in Vancouver, Toronto, L.A. and London. He has auditioned for major TV shows such as X-Files and Battlestar Galactica, he has auditioned for movies you have never heard of and Hollywood blockbusters. Through the bad and the even worse, David shows what the out-of-work actors' life is really like. He shows you just what it takes to not make it in the acting business. To some this will be educational, to others shocking, but to all a good laugh.

9:30pm to 10:30pm
The Secret Comedy Club: Fringe Comedy Hub Artista

We have over 80 professional comedy acts who applied to Artista Cafe & Gallery. This will be a Fringe Comedy Hub run by The Secret Comedy Club. We will have comedy on 6 days per week from 5pm until 11pm daily (3pm start on weekends). Check our website for full listings and tickets for these full Brighton Fringe shows.
Here are just some of the many acts that will be doing their 1 hour shows with us (in no particular order):
Steve Bugeja
Stephen Carlin
Sara Barron
Radu Isac
Adele Cliff
Al Lubel
Daphna Baram
Sanj Surati
Daniel Muggleton
Gary Tro
John Pendal
Ali Woods
Katie Pritchard

9:40pm to 10:40pm
50% Canadian, 100% New Beginnings, Let's Laugh Again Let's Giraffe

Michelle's second solo show and sequel to '50% Canadian, 100% Crazy, Let's Laugh'. The curve balls have continued and she has found herself in a new city, with a new business, and a new hobby. It is not easy starting over, but it is exciting.

After the Edinburgh Fringe in 2018, Michelle met a man in a cave, who was a professional poker player. She expressed interest in running her own venue for the festival in a few years, and he said, "Why not this August?" Instead of heading back home, Michelle made a split second decision to stay in the UK, and find a venue. Join her on her new journey.

9:45pm to 10:45pm
Shit-faced Showtime: Oliver with a Twist Magnificent Bastard Productions

From the pissheads behind hit show Shit-Faced Shakespeare comes this cockney knees-up musical extravaganza. 'Oliver with a Twist' is Dickens' classic tale of the boy who asked for more, with booze glorious booze. Featuring West End hits and highly unpredictable behaviour. With one cast member who’s gotta sink a bottle or two before curtain-up, what could possibly go right? So down your gin and consider yourself well in!

"A hot mess of a musical. I haven’t laughed more at any other comedy to date" **** (The Metro).
"Professionals butcher a classic" ***** (West End Wilma).

9:45pm to 10:45pm
Baba Brinkman's Rap Guide to... Rap Guide Media LLC

Baba Brinkman’s Rap Guide Series began in 2009 with Fringe First Winner 'Rap Guide to Evolution', “Astonishing and brilliant” (NY Times), now making its Brighton debut (26/27 May). Baba’s follow-up show, 'Rap Guide to Consciousness', “Awe-inspiringly good" ? ? ? ? ? (Broadway Baby), is back by popular demand (28/29 May). And the world premiere of his latest, ‘Rap Guide to Culture’ (30 May - 2 June) celebrates the unique ability of our species to acquire and transfer useful new information, ultimately culminating in the 'Rap Guide' phenomena itself. Science. Hip-hop. Laughs. Enlightenment.

10:00pm to 10:50pm
QUADRUPLE THRE4T Mr Henry Moss

After sell-out shows at the Sydney Fringe Festival and Camden Fringe Festival, Australian comedian Henry Moss will channel fictitious, egomaniac Harry Ledgerman and his wife, notorious talent agent Krystal Lee.

With his signature wit, brassy voice and high kicks Henry will perform dozens of pop hits.

“Again and again a number would begin in such a manner that had the audience in cahoots... a delightful and delectable exploration of the cut-throat and ever-unforgiving entertainment industry” ***** (London Theatre1)

Because these days being a triple threat just isn't enough...

10:00pm to 11:00pm
Talking to the Dead: A Séance Griffin and Jones / Sweet Productions

Is it possible to communicate with the dead? Griffin and Jones intend to find out. Face your fears, and join them for an intimate, fully immersive experience as they use techniques from Victorian séance rooms to peer into the Great Beyond, and ask the question "Is anybody there?”.

Don't believe in ghosts? Neither did we.
Sceptics and believers welcome.

Sold out Brighton Fringe 2016, 2017, 2018, Guildford Fringe 2016, 2017, 2018, and Edinburgh Fringe 2018.

10:00pm to 11:00pm
The OCD Files Cue Fanfare

The OCD Files "maps" my life as a sufferer of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Whether you suffer from Mental Health issues or not, the OCD Files is a show not be missed. It's funny and I need to say that three more times! It's funny! It's funny! It's funny!

"Fab night.", "Brill", "Brilliant. Absolutely fab", "Went down a storm", "Magnificent. Still chuckling on route home."

10:15pm to 11:00pm
Bananas (Work in Progress) Anna Clifford

Anna Banana can put words together that, if sung, would be so elegant, and, if rapped, would be lit! School has ruined poetry, so can she call herself a word-worker or a rhyming riot? Watch comedian Anna Clifford rhyme about how to grab life by the bananas through hilarious spoken word and energetic stand-up.

Irish comic Anna Clifford is based in London but regularly gigs at home and in the UK. Funny Women Regional Finalist 2017, Vodafone Comedy Carnival 2017/2018. As seen on BBC and RTÉ.

10:40pm to 11:40pm
I'll be Your Baby Tonight..? Holly Delefortrie

A combination of clowning, stand-up, storytelling and gameplay that gives the audience the opportunity to create the ultimate relationship ‘to do list’. Journey through the highs and lows of finding love in an era of apps and online dating. Designed to uplift the audience and celebrate the messier side of human nature: cock ups, vulnerability and all.
Join them for some optional, real-life speed dating (Tue 28 and Wed 29 May) after the show. Alternative conversation starters and arts and crafts. Open to all - even if you’re not looking for dates, happily coupled up and just looking for mates!